July 31, 2014 by maddieswab
I had heard so much buzz about July’s A Beautiful Mess Book Club pick, #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, before I read the book that I was super pumped to read it. And it definitely didn’t disappoint! Sophia’s stories and advice are relatable to everyone–my uncle and my cousin’s girlfriend in Belgium even read it! Whether you’re working one of the high school jobs that Sophia worked, you’ve just graduated college and are trying to navigate the scary world of careers, or you’ve been in your career for a while, you can take at least one piece of advice away from Sophia. If you haven’t read this book, I highly encourage you to! And there aren’t any specific spoilers in my answers to the discussion questions posed by Elsie, but I’d still advise you to not read them until you finish the book so that you can form your own opinions! And make sure you read Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior for August’s book and come back on the last day of the month to read my thoughts about it! Here’s my discussion of #GIRLBOSS:
1. What was something you related with?
I think even though I’m a current college student and have no plans to enter the same field Sophia did, I can definitely relate to her whole story. I love her advice about always being creative, even if you’re just a sandwich maker at Subway. I definitely try to be creative in everything I do, thinking ahead to how I can make something better or more aesthetically pleasing. I even take pride in breading the chicken at Chick-fil-A beautifully!
I also related to Sophia encountering so many struggles in her life that would normally discourage people. I think we all have our struggles, but we need to be like Sophia and just fight past them. If something isn’t working for you, then try something different! College isn’t for everyone, nor is the corporate world! You have to figure out what works for you.
2. What was something you felt challenged by?
I felt challenged by Sophia’s almost automatic success after she started her eBay business. The future has always freaked me out, and seeing this account of near-immediate success even when Sophia didn’t plan on it makes me feel like I need to up my game and be more successful. I know that this definitely isn’t something I have to do, especially as a second-year in college, but I do feel challenged by her success. But like Sophia, I need to learn to take everything in steps and not plan too much for the future; I think that’s the key to success. Sure, you need to have some degree of planning, but I always over-plan and that just adds to my stress and worry.
3. What was something you learned and put into action?
As a college student who isn’t rolling around in money (especially after my trip to Europe that I saved up for!) I definitely will start putting Sophia’s money-saving tips into action when I get back to Athens and my job. I’m going to set aside a set amount of my paycheck each month for my safety net fund, and I’m not going to blow my money on clothes and shoes and makeup like I always end up doing. I have a huge problem of online shopping when I’m bored because at least it adds some degree of excitement to my life at that moment. But that’s only temporary, and I would much rather save my money for a summer trip abroad than waste it all on stuff I already have plenty of.
I’m also definitely going to take Sophia’s resume and interview tips into account, especially as I start applying for internships my third year in college. I never really had anyone tell me the dos and don’ts of interviews and resumes, so it was nice to have something to base what to do off of.